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Dec. 13, 2019

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Academic town hall celebrates growth

Continuous improvement was the underlying theme of the Academic Town Hall, as Provost and Vice-President Academic Lesley Brown shared semester highlights last week.

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Employee generosity makes 'Major' impact

Third-year cellular and molecular biology student Daniel Major says the MRU experience is "unparalled" thanks to the dedication of faculty members and the generosity of employees.

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Alumni driving 'what's next' in Calgary

Three Mount Royal alumni have created social enterprises that were each recognized with $25,000 at this year's What's Next YYC event.

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Accelerating tech talent at Mount Royal

The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is tapping into the Faculty of Science and Technology to develop the talent Calgary needs.

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End of year message from President Tim Rahilly
President Tim Rahilly, PhD, reflects on his first full semester at MRU, expressing his gratitude for the hard work of staff, faculty and board members and the continuous focus on making Mount Royal the best undergraduate university in Canada. Read Tim's blog here.

Reminder of campus closure beginning Dec. 24

Campus will be closed from Tuesday, Dec. 24 through Wednesday, Jan. 1, inclusive. Only minimal campus operations will be maintained. Normal operations will resume on Jan. 2.

Your contribution matters ... thank you 12 times over
Every day employees go above and beyond so students receive an exceptional education and experience at MRU. A new "12 Days of Thanks" campaign is celebrating these contributions. Advancement Services and Annual Giving is thanking all employees, including those who give as a part of their job and those who make donations to a variety of areas on campus. Learn more here .

Updated budget Q&A and the process for observations and suggestions

A number of questions, observations and suggestions have been sent to budget@mtroyal.ca . Questions are forwarded to the appropriate area, with answers provided back to the sender. If a question is asked often, it is added to the budget Q&A document. Observations are shared with the President's Executive Committee. Suggestions on ways to be more efficient are evaluated by a small group of individuals in Finance and Administration and Academic Affairs. Please know your emails are kept anonymous.

Nominations open for Alumni Achievement Awards

Do you know of an excellent alumna/us who should be recognized for their exceptional achievements? Have you come across a remarkable student who is deserving of the $5,000 Outstanding Future Alumni Award? Nominate them by Jan. 17.

Mandatory fire drill Jan. 21 at 10 a.m.

This practice fire drill is expected to take about 20 minutes and will include an evacuation of all Lincoln Park campus buildings except Residence. Learn more about fire drills at MRU. For fast notifications, download the new MRU Now safety app for iOS and Android.

New MRSA medical and dental appointment language

Effective Jan. 1, new MRSA Collective Agreement language (Clause 22e) for Medical and Dental Appointments will be implemented. Learn more.

Simpler process for reporting a workplace injury
Environmental Health and Safety is providing an easier way to report workplace injuries effective Jan. 1. Use this Google form , instead of Intelex, to report an injury or incident. This is a more efficient, cost-effective tool for gathering data.

Could the last one out please unplug the toaster?
Unplug coffee makers, toasters and other small appliances before leaving for the holiday break. Read the Small Appliance Safe Work Guidelines for more information.

Massage Therapy program clients needed
The Massage Therapy program is looking for clients with a doctor-diagnosed condition or pathology to take part in an 18-week clinic on the effects of massage therapy. There is no cost to participate and compensation is not provided. Complete the Clinical Practicum V Sign-Up if you are interested in participating .

Optimal Therapy holiday hours
To best serve our MRU community over the holiday break, Optimal Therapy in the Wellness Centre will be open on Friday, Dec. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 30 from 2 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take advantage of unused Sun Life benefits that expire on Dec 31, or just start the new year off in top form.

Working directly with community partners to make change
The Institute for Community Prosperity is proud to announce the 2019 Catalyst Fellows , a cohort of MRU students exploring systemic issues affecting communities in Calgary, Southern Alberta and Treaty 7. Through community-engaged research and transformational learning, students develop a changemaking mindset with tools to navigate complex 21st century issues.

Did you know?
Powering down all of the computers on campus every night could save the University $33,000 a year and makes it harder for hackers to gain access to networks. Before leaving for the holiday break, make sure to turn your computer off.

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

200 bears and $2,000

Health and physical education students Danny Pham, Tyson Kapty, Darryl Senholt, Joel Hartzell, Philippe Gabriele, Morgan Zulinick and Evan Lennon recently collected 200 teddy bears and $2,000 for the Ronald McDonald House by organizing a teddy bear toss at a hockey tournament in Chestermere. Read more.

Creating webs to join communities
On Dec. 3, Bachelor of Child Studies and Social Work students presented their capstone projects to their community partners at the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta and to Gaye Warthe, PhD, associate dean of Teaching and Learning. Guided by Elder Roy Bear Chief, the students have learned and are applying the Blackfoot narrative Ani to pisi through creating spider webs ― visual representations of their professional growth and the development of their projects ― throughout the term. Read more.

Working directly with community partners to make change
The Institute for Community Prosperity is proud to announce the 2019 Catalyst Fellows , a cohort of MRU students exploring systemic issues affecting communities in Calgary, Southern Alberta and Treaty 7. Through community-engaged research and transformational learning, students develop a changemaking mindset with tools to navigate complex 21st century issues.

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

Beginner's Guide to Creating Virtual Reality Experiences
Tues., Dec. 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m. — EL1441 (Visualization Classroom)
Learn how to create your own interactive 360-degree tours that can be viewed using virtual reality in this hands-on workshop. Register.

Beginner's Guide to 360-Degree Cameras
Wed., Dec. 18 from noon to 1:30 p.m. — EL1441 (Visualization Classroom)
Discover how to use 360-degree cameras to create highly immersive environments for education. Register.

Virtual Reality Toolkit Series: 3D Sculpting with Oculus Medium
Thurs., Dec. 19 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — EL1355 (Experience Lab)
Create 3D sculptures in virtual reality and 3D print your model in the Maker Studio. Register.

New Student Orientation Tours
Fri., Dec. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Meet at East Gate Entrance
This orientation will take new students on a guided tour of the campus and equip them with the knowledge needed to make a successful transition to Mount Royal. Register.

Have Yourself a Heebee-jeebee Christmas!
Sun., Dec. 22 and Mon., Dec. 23 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
The Heebee-jeebees are celebrating their 26th-annual holiday appearance with yuletide laughs and special guests. Please bring cash or non-perishable donation for the Calgary Food Bank. Tickets.

Creating a Basic Google Site
Thurs. Jan. 9 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — T104
Learn the basics of creating a Google site. Register.

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Summit and website stories

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MyMRU announcements

Please send announcements for MyMRU's homepage to mymru@mtroyal.ca. Here are the  guidelines.

Start of semester emails, with option for distribution list sign-up

As each semester begins (August/September and December/January), areas with ongoing employee activities can send an email to all employees describing their semester activities. Employees can then choose to opt in to that area's distribution list (Google Group) for regular updates. If you would like to send an email and/or set up a Google Group for your area, please contact  Marketing and Communications for guidelines.

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